2008 Annual Report - Girls Inc.


2008 Annual Report - Girls Inc.

Girls Inc.




Girls Inc. Girls’ Bill of Rights

Girls have the right to:

Be themselves and to resist gender stereotypes.

Express themselves with originality and enthusiasm.

Take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success.

Accept and appreciate their bodies.

Have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world.

Prepare for interesting work and economic independence.

A platform for social change, the Girls Inc. Girls’ Bill of Rights lays the

groundwork for all Girls Inc. programs. It frames the discussion of genderbased

hurdles facing girls today and the intrinsic rights they possess and deserve.

First adopted in 1945, it was most recently updated in 2000.


2 From the President and CEO

3 From the Chair of the Board

4 The “Dear World” Campaign

6 Girl Leadership: Girls Inc. SheVotes SM

7 Girls’ Rights Week 2007

8 Corporate Camp for Entrepreneurs

9 Celebration Luncheons

10 National Conference

11 New Curriculum

12 Donor List

14 Balance Sheet

15 Statement of Activities

16 Programs and Services

17 Board of Directors and Senior Staff

From the

President and


Girls Incorporated serves girls

of many ages, ethnicities, income

levels, and abilities. Our growth

as an organization depends on our

ability to respect the vast range

of experiences that shape who we

are as individuals and to unite as

a community dedicated to raising

confident, healthy girls. In this

fiscal year, as we launched exciting

new initiatives and expanded our

reach, I am proud to report that

every aspect of our work was

grounded in a steadfast commitment

to diversity and inclusion.

Meaningful, transformative

diversity must be demonstrated

throughout Girls Inc.—from our

staff and board leadership to our

programs. To address that goal, our

57th Girls Inc. National Conference

focused on the theme of “Navigating

Across Cultures.” Affiliate representatives

from the United States

and Canada came together to hear

acclaimed speakers and participate

in sessions that stressed the importance

of diversity in hiring practices

and detailed projects including the

Girls Inc. Latina Initiative, which

sparks community dialogue and

helps affiliates communicate effectively

with families.

The conversations that took

place during our conference continue

to inform the work we do to

inspire all girls to be strong, smart,

and bold. At the national level, we

have made it a priority to ensure

that our network of affiliates is well

equipped to carry out the Girls Inc.

mission. We are especially thankful

to the Lilly Endowment for their

support of our strategic plan in

funding management development

for our affiliates and to the Edna

McConnell Clark foundation for

their support of the affiliate

fundraising project. Along with the

expertise of the Osborne Group,

we have provided affiliates with

comprehensive tools and ongoing

guidance on how to raise funds in

order to expand effectively their

reach in their own communities.

We also hit a major milestone

this year with our first federal

appropriation. With the help of our

pro bono consultants at Covington

& Burling, LLP, we received

$447,0000 in government funding

to further our mission. This is a

tremendous vote of confidence in

our quality programming and an investment

in the potential of all girls.

Reaching more girls requires

that we go where girls are—and

millions of today’s girls are online.

With a generous grant from the

AT&T Foundation, we have pilottested

Girls Inc. Online, an innovative

web-based membership for

girls. I am thrilled that AT&T has

provided additional funding to

grow this community of girls. Girls

Inc. Online offers girls a safe and

supportive environment to express

themselves, connect with each

other, and explore their interests.

This year, we also extended our

commitment to reaching girls

through public education. The next

round of Girls Inc. public service

announcements will soon hit the

airwaves, giving us the valuable

opportunity to engage a broad audience

of girl advocates with our mission.

The “Dear World” campaign

features girls from Girls Inc. affiliates

reading letters about what it is

like to be a girl today. Their words,

faces, questions, laughter, and

unique perspectives paint a vibrant

picture of who we are as an organization.

We listen closely as girls tell

us what they need in order to be

strong, smart, and bold because at

Girls Inc., it is our job to meet those

needs. With this campaign, we give

girls a platform to send their messages

to the world. And we hope

the world will be listening, too. We

are thankful to zig USA, our pro

bono advertising agency and also

to Anheuser-Busch, who provided

funding for these new PSAs. Finally,

I thank all of our contributors for

doing your part to enrich girls’ lives.

Together, we are building a movement.

I am confident that the girls

we reach today will grow up to be

compassionate and innovative

leaders who will make the future

brighter for everyone.

Joyce M. Roché

President and CEO


From the

Chair of the


It is fitting that the day I first

became involved with Girls Inc.

was also the day I became a mother.

Thirteen years ago, I was selected

to be a recipient of a Girls Inc.

award. But another event took

precedence over the awards luncheon.

I got a call to go to Texas,

where I picked up my adopted

daughter. Though I was not there

to receive my award in person, I

was certainly connected to the

Girls Inc. mission that day. As my

two daughters have grown, that

connection has deepened. I am

humbled to serve as Board Chair

of an organization whose vision of

empowered girls and an equitable

society has such significance to

me as a mother, a professional,

and an advocate for girls.

Girls Inc. has been serving

girls since 1864. In that time,

society has made great strides in

the advancement of girls’ and

women’s rights. But as we celebrate

the incredible opportunities

available to girls today, we are also

well aware of the complexities

of their lives. Conflicting media

messages, persisting gender

stereotypes, cultural differences

between their families and peer

communities, and increasing pressures

to be “perfect” are just a few

of the issues girls face. We understand

that to keep in step with

girls, we must step with knowledge

and purpose. The Girls Inc.

2007–2011 strategic plan was

designed with that goal in mind.

It has been a pleasure to work

with dedicated board members,

Girls Inc. staff, and our network of

affiliates this year as we continue

to implement the four key strategies

of this plan:

1. Start more Girls Inc. member

organizations and support their

growth and long-term success;

2. Support growth and expansion

at existing Girls Inc. member

organizations, so they can bring

Girls Inc. programs to more girls;

3. Keep girls at the forefront of

Girls Inc. communications,

advocacy, and policy work; and

4. Engage adult advocates who volunteer

time and expertise, mentor

girls, and get involved with

Girls Inc. nationally and locally.

It is our priority to build on our

strengths and focus on what we do

best. Girls Inc. research-based programs

provide girls with valuable

skills in the areas of math and science

education, pregnancy and

drug abuse prevention, media literacy,

economic literacy, adolescent

health, violence prevention, and

sports participation. Our communities

of girls learn to support each

other and take healthy risks. Our

public education campaigns and

advocacy efforts have raised

awareness about girls’ rights and

shaped legislation that will have a

lasting impact in the lives of girls

and women. With the solid framework

and metrics of this plan, we

can continue this important work

and grow with clear intention.

When I look back on the time I

have worked with Girls Inc. and

served on the board, I am proud of

how far we have come as an

organization. We have seeded five

new Girls Inc. affiliates and this

year, we reached over 900,000

girls through our programs and

publications. To support this

exciting growth and connect with

our donors, we launched membership

programs for the many corporations

and individuals who fund

our programs and initiatives.

We know that the Girls Inc.

approach works—we have more

than 140 years of experience and

learning behind us. I hope that we

can someday bolster every girl

with our strong, smart, and bold

message as she steps forward into

her own unique challenges and


Bridgette P. Heller

Chair of the Board


The “Dear World” Campaign A new

set of Girls Inc. public service announcements will send the

world some compelling messages from girls. The “Dear World”

campaign was funded by a generous grant from the Anheuser-

Busch Foundation and developed with our pro bono advertising

agency, zig USA. It includes a dedicated website, and two

television and forthcoming print advertisements.

These ads feature girls of all ages speaking to a

world full of dreams and possibilities, but one that

also throws conflicting pressures and unfair disadvantages

at them. From concept to completion,

each component of this campaign drew from real

girls’ experiences. A rousing call to action, “Dear

World” is our letter to girl advocates everywhere.

Girls Inc. national public education campaigns

give us the valuable opportunity to reach new

audiences and inspire them to connect with our

mission. Because we believe that the girls we

serve are our best and most qualified spokespeople,

all of our campaigns, including “Dear World,”

cast girls from Girls Inc.

affiliates. The “Dear World”

campaign officially began

when we invited girls to

write their own letters to the

world. More than 275 girls

from 16 affiliates across the

United States and Canada

auditioned by reading their

letters out loud at the casting sessions.

Every girl has a unique take on what it means

to be a girl in the world today, and that diversity

was evident throughout the “Dear World” production

process. At a casting in New Hampshire,

Destiney Davis, 14, spoke confidently of her own

potential: “As a girl, I have the pride in standing

here and being able to say: I CAN CHANGE THE

WORLD!” Other girls expressed their awareness of

gender stereotypes and their determination to

overcome them: “Dear World, I am not weak just

because I am a woman. I am strong, gifted and

driven. Do not count me out just because I am a

woman. I can do anything you can. Hello world, I

will never let you down,” said 15-year-old Collette

Smith, of Girls Inc. of Tarrant County, Texas.

The goal of the “Dear World” campaign is to

give girls a global forum to make their voices

heard. Indeed, girls are the messengers in these

ads. They run and skateboard through neighborhoods,

plastering their letters to the world on walls

and sending them through the air as paper airplanes.

All of this was captured during a two-day

shoot in California last winter—a time that was

not just about capturing words and faces on film,

but about giving girls the chance to learn and

challenge themselves.

“The shoot was a life-changing experience for

the girls who participated,” said Åsa Olsson,

Cultural Arts/Teen Director

of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria,

California. “One girl who

had been afraid of heights

decided that she could film a

scene on a rooftop with the

support of the other girls.

Another girl who has leg

braces got to sit in the

Assistant Director’s chair while the crew filmed

some other girls running. Even though she

appeared in front of the camera in another part of

the ad, she told me her favorite part of the shoot

was getting to watch the takes behind-the-scenes

and talk to the director. There’s a girl from my

center who always used to say ‘I can’t’ when

faced with a challenge. Since that shoot, I have

started to hear her say ‘I can.’”

As we release the “Dear World” campaign this

year, we have high hopes for how far and wide

girls’ voices will carry. It will be hard to miss our

letter to the world—it is marked with countless

strong, smart, and bold signatures and sealed

with our promise to do help all girls stand proud

and say those two words: I can.

“Dear World, I

love myself

and the only

person I want

to be is me.”

Monique, age 8, Girls Inc.

of Carpinteria, California


The following Girls Inc. affiliates were part of the “Dear World” casting: Girls Inc. of Alameda County, CA;

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria, CA; Girls Inc. of Orange County, CA; Girls Inc. of Santa Barbara, CA; Girls Inc. of Bay

County, FL; Girls Inc. of Jacksonville, FL; Girls Inc. of Sarasota, FL; Girls Inc. of Sioux City, IA; Girls Inc. of Lynn,

MA; Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell, MA; Girls Inc. of Omaha, NE; Girls Inc. of New Hampshire; Girls Inc. of Tarrant

County, TX; Girls Inc. of Dallas, TX; Girls Inc. of Durham, Canada; Girls Inc. of York, Canada

“Dear World, being a girl means I

can laugh if it’s funny, I can cry

if it’s sad, I hurt when I fall, I get

angry when I am wronged and

I can dream as big as I want.”

Elisia, age 13, Girls Inc. of Alameda County, California


“If I had to send

a message

I would say

‘Never change

who you are.’”

Tashay, age 10, Girls Inc.

of Jacksonville, Florida

“It’s good to be a girl in

this world today. I like

being a girl because I can

speak for myself. I can

stand up for myself. Being

a girl makes me strong.”

Mytha, age 6, Girls Inc. of New Hampshire

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Girl Leadership: Girls Inc.She Votes

Girls who become engaged in the electoral process are

more likely to be active citizens, educated voters, and

candidates for public office as adults. Girls Inc. She Votes ȘM

an in-depth, non-partisan campaign supported by a grant

from The Brico Fund, was created with that important

knowledge in mind.

We are proud to report that leading up to a historic

presidential election girls at our Girls Inc. program

sites and at Girls Inc. Online are learning about

the many ways that local and national government

decisions affect their lives. And as we help

girls understand their own stake in the political

process, we encourage them to discover their

leadership potential.

“I find that women, even in the highest tiers of

professional accomplishment, are substantially

less likely than men to demonstrate ambition to

seek elected office,” says Jennifer Lawless, author

of It Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don’t Run for

Office and a featured speaker at the 2007 Girls Inc.

Region III Conference. “This gender gap in political

ambition persists across generations. Despite cultural

evolution and society’s changing attitudes

toward women in politics, running for public office

remains a much less attractive and feasible endeavor

for women than men.” Today, women represent

just 16 percent of members of Congress, 26

percent of state legislators, and nine out of 50 governors.

We at Girls Inc. believe we can shift those

numbers. But the change must start with girls.

“Through our funding, we seek to elevate the

status of women and girls so they are recognized

as contributing their full potential,” says Anne

Summers, Executive Director of the Brico Fund.

“To confront the gender disparities that exist in

the political arena, Girls Inc. She Votes SM empowers

girls to take action as citizens today and gives

them the confidence to see a future where they

are voters, candidates, and office holders.

Ultimately, we know that when a young woman

votes three times, she becomes a voter for life.

And when women vote, a different kind of candidate

gets elected.”

The Girls Inc. She Votes SM initiative includes

educational online content and a comprehensive

guide of activities for affiliates to do with girls.

“From mock elections and candidate training to

fundraising and analyzing campaign ads, these

activities are designed to make the political

process fun and accessible,” says April Osajima,

Girls Inc. Director of Public Policy. At a middle

school program site for Girls Inc. of the Washington,

D.C. Metropolitan Area, Osajima facilitated a

workshop in which girls created a graph to illustrate

the number of women in Congress over the

past century. At Girls Inc. of New Hampshire, girls

held a vote on having either a pizza party or an ice

cream party. “When asked how they would feel if

they weren’t allowed to vote for some reason, they

were all in agreement that it wouldn’t be fair,”

“From mock elections

and candidate training

to fundraising and

analyzing campaign

ads, these activities are

designed to make the

political process fun

and accessible.”

recalls program director Jen Indeglia. “One girl

mentioned that she didn’t think it was fair that

they were voting, because not all of the girls in the

program were present to give their vote for a decision

that would affect everyone.” With Girls Inc.

She Votes ȘM girls learn the profound importance of

political representation; they are empowered to

see themselves as representatives of their Girls

Inc. communities—representatives who may one

day be working in City Hall, on Capitol Hill, or

even in the White House.


Girls’ Rights Week 2007At Girls Inc., our

advocacy efforts are driven by girls’ voices. We listen to what

girls tell us about their lives, and we give them the tools and

opportunities to be agents for social change. This commitment

to girl-driven advocacy is solidified every spring during

our Girls’ Rights Week, when representatives from our Girls

Advisory Board travel to Washington, D.C. to talk about the

issues that matter most to the girls in their communities.



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Girls Inc. National Scholars in front

of the Capitol. From left: Cryshawna

Harris, La'Sandra Prince and Whitney


With guidance from Girls Inc., these young women

work together to develop their ideas and experiences

into compelling public policy messages.

Girls’ Rights Week 2007 started off with a discussion

of The Supergirl Dilemma: Girls Grapple

with the Mounting Pressure of Expectations, a

Girls Inc. research study conducted by Harris

Interactive and supported by funding from IBM

and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The study shows that

while girls are told they can do anything, what

they’re often hearing is that they have to do everything.

And while girls today have more options

open to them, they still face conflicting expectations

at home, with their peers, and in the media.

Persisting gender stereotypes can also make it

difficult for girls to follow their dreams and pursue

their talents and interest. The Girls’ Advisory

Board members were well aware of this problem.

Cryshawna Harris, 18, attends Girls Inc. of

Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was once the

subject of sexist comments because she beat a

boy at a game of Ping-Pong. “A male staff member

at my community center teased the boy for losing

a ‘male-dominated’ game. I don’t understand how

you can have ‘male-dominated’ games,” she said.

Throughout Girls’ Rights Week, the advisory

board members shared their unique experiences

with each other as they prepared to share them

with policy makers. They also agreed that their

participation in Girls Inc. programs had given

them the confidence to confront many of the pressures

outlined in The Supergirl Dilemma. “The

environment at Girls Inc. is the most supportive

environment I’ve ever been in,” said 17-year-old

Selina Duran, whose interest in science, math,

and technology was nurtured through her participation

in a robot-building competition at Girls Inc.

of Greater Los Angeles. “I think all girls deserve

the benefits that come with being part of such a

supportive girls’ community.”

The Girls’ Advisory Board members took this

conviction with them to Capitol Hill, where they

met with members of Congress. La’Sandra

Prince, 18, spoke directly with her representative,

Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX). She talked to the

congresswoman about how issues such as teen

pregnancy and dating violence are affecting girls

in her hometown of Houston, Texas. She also

stressed the positive impact that Girls Inc. programs

have made in her own life. “During the

meeting, I asked Representative Jackson Lee

how you know when it’s the right time to focus

on which issues,” La’Sandra remembers. “She

told me that if you know in your gut that you

should be fighting for something, the right time

to take action is anytime.”



Corporate Camp

for Entrepreneurs

Twenty-five teen girls traveled to New York City to be

“campers” at Girls Inc. Corporate Camp SM for Entrepreneurs

in partnership with The Goldman Sachs Foundation. For

the last five years, this week-long program has provided a

supportive space for girls to explore what it means and

what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

To win a spot at Girls Inc. Corporate Camp, teams

of girls must come up with their own business

ideas and submit detailed plans, which include

marketing strategies, financial projections, and

descriptions of their company’s leadership

structure. “Girls Inc. Corporate Camp SM has seen

tremendous growth since its launch. I was

impressed with the number and quality of entries

we received from our network of Girls Inc.

affiliates this year,” says Brenda Stegall, Girls Inc.

Director of Programs and Training Services. “This

is a serious competition, and it is a thrill to see so

much entrepreneurial spirit demonstrated at the

application stage. Corporate Camp allows us to

nurture that spirit and take it to the next level by

giving these young women the skills they will need

to thrive as the business leaders of tomorrow.”

The teams selected for the 2007 Girls Inc.

Corporate Camp for Entrepreneurs included

Sunny Five (Girls Inc. of Carpinteria, California),

an advertising agency specializing in bilingual

ads; Forever Blooming (Girls Inc. of Southwestern

Connecticut), a company that manufactures paper

flowers; Strong, Smart, & Bold Greeting Cards

(Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, Texas), a line of

greeting cards for African-American and Latino

customers; Team SRQ (Girls Inc. of Sarasota

County, Florida), a service to help high school

juniors and seniors with college applications; and

Flash Forward (Girls Inc. of Tarrant County,

Texas), a photography company. The winning

teams brought their plans to New York City,

where they were treated to a week filled with

advice and inspiration from women who have

turned their own ideas into successful companies.

At a panel discussion and visits to womenowned

businesses around the city, Corporate

Campers were challenged to ask questions and

refine their business plans. The advice and guidance

they received also prompted the girls to

reflect on important issues including work-life

balance, healthy risk-taking, and how to define

success. At the end of the week, each team presented

its final business plan at the Goldman

Sachs headquarters. “Our mission is to develop

the next generation of global leaders” says

Stephanie Bell-Rose, president of The Goldman

Sachs Foundation. “Girls Inc. Corporate Camp

for Entrepreneurs gives these young women

an opportunity to explore the possibilities of

their futures and begin preparing for success.”

After her week in New York City, seventeenyear-old

Rebecca Bernbach from Girls Inc. of

Southwestern Connecticut has a clear understanding

of how she will pave her path to business

success: “I learned how important it is to

take advantage of the opportunities that are

presented to you.”

“Our mission

is to develop the

next generation of

global leaders.”

2007 Corporate Camp

participants with Amy Scherber,

owner of Amy's Bread

Girls Inc. is grateful to the following individuals and businesses for their participation in the 2007 Girls

Inc. Corporate Camp SM for Entrepreneurs: Anita B. Watkins, SIXXFOOTA; Dawn Casale, One Girl Cookies; Marcie

L. Setlow, independent media fundraising consultant; Lauren Chung, personal fashion consultant; Alicia Mugetti,

fashion designer; Joanna Patton and Judy Lotas, LPNY; Amy Scherber, Amy’s Bread; Katrina Parris Flowers.


Celebration Luncheons

Three times a year, Girls Inc. recognizes

women and men who help create a better

future for girls. Our Luncheon awards are

presented by exceptional young women,

our Girls Inc. National Scholars.



Left: Joyce Roché

poses with Girls Inc.

National Scholars:

Cryshawna Harris,

Madrianne Wong,

La’Sandra Prince, Joyce Roché,

Whitney Adams, Arlene

Catalan, and Selina Duran

Right: Honoree Kathleen

Matthews and Girls Inc.

National Scholar Arlene




Top of page: Ellen

Goldsmith-Vein and

Sue Naegle, co-chairs;

Sarah Tomassi

Lindman, honoree;

Shaun Robinson, host; Joyce

Roché; Kenya James, Scholar;

Maria Grasso, honoree;

Brianna Elizade, Scholar; and

Robin Schwartz, co-chair.

Left: Shaun Robinson, host

Right: Honorees Jenny Bicks,

Maria Grasso, and Sarah

Tomassi Lindman



Far left: Honoree

Aine Brazil

Left: Girls Inc.

National Scholar

Bernadette Ruberte

with honoree Jean Otte

Right: Honoree Renee Levy

Girls Inc. National Conference The girls

and young women Girls Inc. serves today come from diverse

cultures and backgrounds.We know that in order to expand our

reach, we must address the expanding definitions of diversity

in girls’ lives. This year, the 57th Conference of Girls Incorporated

in Newport Beach, California, brought 253 participants

together to explore the theme of “Navigating Across Cultures.”

Those in attendance included affiliate staff and

board members, Girls Inc. alumnae, as well as

Girls Inc. national staff and current and former

board members.

The conference opened with a panel discussion

moderated by Ellyn Spragins, author of What

I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self. On the

panel were Bonnie St. John, Girls Inc. alumna and

Silver Medalist in Skiing, 1984 Paralympics; Maria

Guajardo, Ph.D., Director for the Mayor’s Office of

Education, Denver, Colorado; Robin Schwartz, then

President of Regency Television, now President of

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network; and Sandy

Hong Tu, Girls Inc. National Scholarship alumna

“It is our

responsibility to

help girls develop


about other

cultures and a

connection to

a concept of

girlhood that has

no borders.”

Inc. member organizations can collaborate with

national and local Latino organizations. A plenary

session on inclusiveness was conducted by diversity

expert Al Smith, who challenged participants

to see how diversity is not simply a buzzword but

a reality in our daily lives. Affiliates also participated

in fundraising workshops conducted by The

Osborne Group, where they received valuable

advice on everything from board development and

donor solicitation to special events.

At the closing breakfast, keynote speaker Debra

Martin Chase, the producer of blockbusters, including

The Princess Diaries, The Cheetah Girls, and

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, spoke about her

“Diversity is

not simply a

buzzword but

a reality in our

daily lives.”



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and teacher of mathematics. Each of these

women spoke about how they have navigated

across cultures at different stages of their lives.

Additional conference offerings helped affiliates

further engage with the topic of diversity and

the Girls Inc. strategic plan of reaching more girls.

“The sessions were designed with tools and takeaways

for participants to directly apply in their

ongoing work,” says Susan Houchin, Girls Inc.

Director of National Services. A Latina Initiative

panel provided important guidance on how Girls

recent trip to India—a trip that reinforced her

belief that girls and girl advocates need to understand

diversity from a global perspective. “This

was an inspiring note to close on,” says Joyce M.

Roché, President and CEO of Girls Inc. “It is our

responsibility to help girls develop inquisitiveness

about other cultures and a connection to a

concept of girlhood that has no borders. That

education can start in our Girls Inc. centers and

in the communities we serve, but the positive

effects will be felt all around the world.”

Left: Dancers from Relampago

del Cielo Grupo Folklorico

Above: From left, Sally Baker,

Executive Director, Girls Inc.

of Westchester County; Barbara

Dowd, Associate Director for New

Business, Girls Inc.; Showleh M.

Tolbert, Director of Development,

Girls Inc. of Orange County



Girls enCourage & Thinking SMART

This year marked the release of two new Girls Incorporated


program resources: the Girls enCourage adventure sports

curriculum and Thinking SMART, a guide to designing

community-based STEM (science, technology, engineering,

and math) programs for girls.

Girls tell me

that they are

proud of


and each other

for taking a

chance on

something new.”

Girls enCourage ȘM a component of Girls Inc.

Sporting Chance, ® introduces girls ages 12–14

to non-traditional sports and physical activities.

Participants learn the value of self-reflection,

healthy risk-taking, and teamwork through

adventure expeditions and other programs. At

a time when there is so much cultural emphasis

on weight and appearance, Girls enCourage SM

aims to counteract this negative pressure with

positive experiences that highlight girls’ individual

strengths and abilities.

Girls tell me that they are proud of themselves

and each other for taking a chance on

something new. From staying on the board

during windsurfing to not quitting the treetop

trekking even when they want to, girls gain a

sense of accomplishment that is not based on

being ‘the best,’ but on trying their hardest,”

said Bev Newman, Program Specialist at Girls

Inc. of York Region in Canada.

Thinking SMART was also developed to foster

girls’ confidence through hands-on activities that

promote investigation and risk-taking. Building on

the strong foundation of the Girls Inc. Operation

SMART ® program, the guide offers Girls Inc.

affiliates tools for engaging parents and a framework

for recruiting local science, technology,

engineering, and math professionals to work

with girls as SMART Partners. These community

partnerships inspire girls to think like scientists

by giving them opportunities to think with


Girls enCourage SM and Thinking SMART have

gone through a rigorous research, pilot testing,

training, and evaluation process that is synonymous

with the high-quality programming Girls

Inc. has delivered for more than 140 years. “We

have also worked hard to ensure that these new

materials reflect the organization’s strategic plan

to help affiliates reach more girls,” said Brenda

Stegall, Girls Inc. Director of Programs and Training

Services. To that end, each guide and curriculum

was shipped with a CD of supplemental program

materials that can be printed as needed, as well

as marketing brochures for affiliates to use in their

local outreach and fundraising efforts.

“From staying on the board

during windsurfing to not

quitting the treetop trekking

even when they want to, girls

gain a sense of accomplishment

that is not based on

being ‘the best,’but on trying

their hardest.”

We are proud of these innovative programming initiatives, and we are especially grateful to the funders

who helped to launch them: The Girls enCourage SM

curriculum was made possible through generous funding from

NFL Charities, PepsiCo, MetLife Foundation, and Lulu C. Wang. Major support for the Thinking SMART project

was provided by the National Science Foundation, with additional support from Alcoa Foundation; American

Association for Artificial Intelligence; Amgen Foundation; Coca-Cola Foundation; CREW Foundation; Engineering

Information Foundation; ExxonMobil Foundation; Ford Motor Company Fund; General Motors Foundation;

Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC; Motorola Foundation; Pfizer, Inc.; Rockwell Collins Inc. Touch ‘N Tutor Research and

Development Foundation; Toyota USA Foundation; and Verizon Foundation.


Donor List


April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008


Estates, and Trusts


($1,000,000 AND ABOVE)


Donna Brace Ogilvie


Lucile Miller Wright Trust


Janice L. Warne



Mary Byron

Debra Lee

Ruth and Bernard L. Madoff

The Trust of William M. Shehan

Ellen Stafford-Sigg



Francis X. Burnes III

August A. Busch III Charitable Trust

Kathleen Dore

Michael Dweck

Melanie Gray

Herbert Kurtz

The Isabelle L. Makepeace Trust

Anne M. Morgan

Susan and Daniel Pollack

Joyce M. Roché

Pankaj Shah

Tara Stacom

Janet and Howard Stein




Alice H. Ball

Skip Brittenham and Heather Thomas

Joyce Chang

Helena R. Durst

Bridgette P. Heller

Toni L. Herrick

Barbara L. Landes

Lee Marks

Raymond J. McGuire

Joseph K. Meyer

Julie Overbeck

Sally G. Paynter

Anne F. Pollack

Mark Retik

Kim M. Sharan

Ellyn E. Spragins

Barbara and Andrew C. Taylor

Judy Frances Zankel




Colleen C. Barrett

The Breuss-Burgess Family Fund

The Estate of Fannie Belle Burnett

Cathleen Collins

Abigail E. Disney

Egbuonu-Davis Family Fund

Sara L. Engelhardt

Drs. Roselyn P. and Charles H. Epps, Jr.

Dawn Fischer

Louise L. Hay

Mary Hay

Yvonne R. and Frederick Jackson

The Jean B. & E.T. Juday Gift Fund

Katharina Kopp

Blythe Masters and Gareth Evans

Mindy C. Meads

Karen and Bob Osborne

LeAnn Priebe

Vikki L. Pryor

Janet Levy Rivkin

Sharon K. Salmon

Brooke Schwartz

David M. Shaw

Amy Sherman-Palladino and

Daniel Palladino

Max and Diane Stites

Cathy B. Tamraz

Lisa Y. Tung

Susan N. Wilson



Jane Aaron

Valerie B. Ackerman

Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn

Beth Alfredson


Miriam Atkins

Jill Barad

Carole Becker

Keisha Booth

Jeanne C. Busch

Laurie G. Campbell

Loretta V. Cangialosi

Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth P. Carlson

Michelle R. Clayman

Kelly Collamore

Teri L. Cooper

Margaret B. Davis

Tracey Davis

Jodi E. Detjen

Erika Garcia

Margaret Gates

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Graves, Sr.

Clifford J. Grum

The Guarini Family

Priya Gupta

Veronica W. Hackett

Donna Hanover and Ed Oster

Suni P. Harford

Jennefer A. Hirshberg

Fred Hochberg

Joanna Hopkins

Susan K. Houchin

Patricia Howard

Keith J. Irish

Edna R. Jones

Polly Judson

Stacey K. Keare

Dennis G. Keith

Debra D. King

Joel and Lynn Klarreich

Mary Landen

John B. Latham

Phyllis Lerner

Sara Levinson

Joseph Levy

Miriam Lopez CFP, CLU

Jody Lotas

Miriam H. Lukens

Nadia Marcoz

Barbara A. Marcus

W. Corby May

JoAnn McGrane

Sandra McMillan

Victoria Meyer

Regina Montoya

Brenda D. Neal

Sheila Nemazee

Christie C. Neuger

Martha May Newsom

Heather Johnston Nicholson, Ph.D

Abby and George O’Neill Trust

Jean Otte

Beverly Parker

Rebecca J. Parsons

Joanna Patton

Gerald R. Pearsall

Valerie Peltier

Amy and Joseph Perella

Joseph A. and Susan E. Pichler Fund of

the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Susan and David Rahm

Daniel and Candis Ramelli

Eric Random

Deborah Rennels

David Rockefeller

Ingrid Rockefeller

Judith Sapp

Karen K. Scheid

Sandra Schreiber

The Sara Lee Schupf Revocable Trust

Laura Scott

Andrew P. Segal

Cecily C. Selby, Ph.D.

Ellen Krosney Shockro, Ph.D.

Larry A. Silverstein

Janice A. Smith

Joan M. Squires

Laurie Staky

Randall and Lanise Stephenson

Sidney Stern Memorial Trust

Roselyne C. Swig

M. Anne Szostak

Jeri C. Taylor

Irene Thalden

Martha G. Tolles

Deborah A. Van Wright

Sherry Burnett Watts

Jennifer Weiner

Wisely Family Fund

Catherine D. Wood

Peg Yorkin

Jennifer Young

Corporation, Foundation,

Government Donors


($1,000,000 AND ABOVE)


The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

The Goizueta Foundation

National Science Foundation

The David and Lucile Packard



The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Lilly Endowment Inc.


American Express Foundation

Ameriprise Financial Community

Relations Program

Anheuser-Busch Foundation

AT&T Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention

The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Goldman Sachs Foundation

The Hearst Foundation, Inc.

New York Life Foundation

The Picower Foundation

Tupperware Brands Corporation

United States Department of Justice

Office of Juvenile Justice and

Delinquency Prevention


BET Networks

The Brico Fund, LLC

CREW Foundation


MetLife Foundation

Motorola Foundation

Toyota USA Foundation



Alcoa Foundation

Anheuser-Busch Companies

The Coca-Cola Company

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Disney Worldwide Services, Inc.

Ford Motor Company Fund

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products

Companies, Inc.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Lehman Brothers

Liz Claiborne Foundation

Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott


Rockwell Collins

The Frank S. and Patricia F. Russo

Family Fund

United Way of America

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.



American Express Company

Ameriprise Financial



Giles O’Malley Foundation

Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund

High IntenCity

Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc.

Leftwich & Ludaway LLC

Local Independent Charities of America


Marriott International, Inc.

Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC

The N/The-N.com

NBC Universal

The New York Community Trust

New York Life Insurance Company

Scarlet Fire Entertainment

The Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving

Shanahan Family Foundation, Inc.

Solera Capital, LLC

Thornton Tomasetti

Tom Lynch Co.


Ultra Violet 2 Foundation Inc.

United Talent Agency

The Wallace Foundation

Whitacre Family Foundation




Alberto-Culver Company

AT&T Services, Inc.

Avon Products, Inc.

Berwind Corporation


CBS Corporation

Chevy Chase Bank

Citigroup Inc.

The Clinton Family Foundation

ContiGroup Companies, Inc.

Douglas C. Lane & Associates

The Durst Organization

Fannie Mae Foundation

FX/Fox Broadcasting Company/

Fox Television Studios/Regency


Gannett Foundation

General Motors


Reuben & Mollie Gordon Foundation


Hess Foundation, Inc.

ING Foundation

John F. Welch Jr. Foundation

The Leibowitz and Greenway Family

Charitable Foundation

Lifetime Networks

McKee Nelson LLP

Mid-Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling


National Geographic

National Medical Association and

W. Montague Cobb NMA Health



ASCO Northrop Grumman


Rite Aid Pharmacy

The RLJ Companies

Tishman Speyer

TLC and Angela Shapiro Mathes

Vornado / Charles E. Smith

Warner Bros. Studios

Washington Gas

“The Woods” Charitable Foundation, Inc.



Allen & Company LLC

The Allstate Corporation

American Federation of

Teachers, AFL-CIO

American Legacy Foundation

American Red Cross

Amtrak ®




The Susan A. and Donald P. Babson

Charitable Foundation

Barnes & Noble.com

BBG-BBGM Architects and Interior


Berkshire Taconic Community

Foundation, Inc.

BioSoteria Inc.

Blueprint Entertainment

Booz Allen Hamilton

Bovis Lend Lease

Brookfield Properties

Brookwell McNamara Entertainment, Inc.

The Edward F. Calesa Foundation

California Community Foundation

CB Richard Ellis

Cerami & Associates, Inc.

Christian Foundation

Chubb Group of Insurance Companies

Citi Global Impact Funding Trust, Inc

Combined Jewish Philanthropies

Denenberg Charitable Trust

The Dillard Foundation

DreamWorks Animation

Eileen Fisher Inc.

Ernst & Young LLP

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Flack & Kurtz

Forest City Ratner Companies

FXFOWLE Architects

GACE Consulting Engineers

The Samuel and Grace Gorlitz


The Gotham Group

GSO Management

Henegan Construction Co., Inc.

Howard University

I Do Foundation


Interpublic Group

James Renwick Alliance

Jaros Baum & Bolles


The Kandell Fund

Liz Claiborne Inc.

LPI (Lucius Pitkin, Inc.)

MCG Global LLC

New Regency Productions

The Otto Company

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

PepsiCo Foundation

The Philanthropic Collaborative

Pilgrim Films and Television

Plaza Construction Company

PNC Bank

Posner-Wallace Foundation

The Catherine B. Reynolds


Rotonda Foundation

SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance

Company, Inc.

Scarborough High School

Sesame Workshop

The Staubach Company


Turner Construction Company

United Nations Foundation/Coalition

for Adolescent Girls


United Way of New York City

UniWorld Group, Inc.

Vanguard Construction &

Development Co., Inc.

Verizon Communications

The Walker Marchant Group

Washington Area Women’s


WOMEN Unlimited

Working Assets

Youth Focus Fund of Working Assets

WX, Inc.


Girls Inc.

Gratefully Acknowledges:


Heather Johnston Nicholson, Ph.D

Priya Gupta and Vinny Violeti’s


Debra Lee and Family

Donna Brace Ogilvie

Tara Stacom


Anheuser-Busch Companies


Byrd M. Ball

The Beverly Hills Hotel

Chart House Restaurant

Lauren Chung Personal Fashion


The Coca-Cola Company


Crumbs Bake Shop

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost,Colt &

Mosle, LLP

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP

donjé photography

Harry’s Water Taxi Beach

The Four Seasons Restaurant

Fragrance Foundation

High IntenCity

Hilton HHonors Giving Back Program

ING Foundation

Jenny Kirlin

Komondorok LLC

Lifetime Entertainment Services

L’Oreal Paris

Nina McLemore

Beverly Middaugh

Moore Brothers Wine Company

Sarah Murdoch

The Oaks at Ojai

Odyssey Couleur

Jean Otte

Resident Publications

Raymond S. Robin

Rosetta Marketing

Simon & Schuster Publishers


Solera Capital LLC


Union Square Hospitality Suite

Viceroy Santa Monica




WOMEN Unlimited

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts


Our thanks to networks and

publications who donated

airtime and ad pages for our

Public Service Announcements



Ameriprise Financial

Automatic Data Processing, Inc

Bank of America

Business Wire


Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation

The Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation

First Data Corporation

FM Global Foundation

GE Foundation

General Electric Company

General Mills Foundation


Goldman, Sachs & Co.

The Home Depot Foundation

Houghton Mifflin

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Macy’s, Inc.



The Moody’s Foundation

Mutual of America

Pequot Capital Management, Inc.

Pew Charitable Trusts

Pfizer Foundation

The Prudential Foundation


State Street

Tektronix Foundation

Thomson West Community

Partnership Program

Tupperware Corporation


United Technologies

Wachovia Foundation

The Wallace Foundation

We proudly recognize the members

of The Donna Brace Ogilvie Society

of Girls Incorporated

Gertrude and Arthur Anderson Trust *

Alice Hilseweck Ball

Judith L. Bell

R. Dyke Benjamin

Jan Gosling Bobbs

Teri Bordenave

Ruth E. Breese *

Frank Burnes

Fannie Belle Burnett

Matilda M. Cobb Trust *

Susan E. Davis

Decade Charitable Lead Annuity Trust

Dewitt Wallace Endowment

Marjorie E. Duckrey *

Allyson P. Ely

Margaret Gates

Giles O’Malley Foundation

Girls Inc. Leadership Endowment

Girls Inc. Olympic Torch Sports


Teresa A. Hanratty

Lillian “Stormy” Hesel *

Nelson J. Hibbard *

Susan Houchin

Candice Howard

Hudson Charitable Trust *

Clifford Jackson *

Faye Johnson

Catherine Schlumberger Jones *

Alexander Kopelman

Stacey L. Kratz

Debra L. Lee

Elaine M. Lengyel

Pat Loomes

Marilyn MacGregor

Isabelle L. Makepeace Trust *

Lee Marks and John C. DePrez Jr.

Karen L. Martin

W. Corby May

Dorothy H. McCoy *

Sandra McMillan

Martha May Newsom

Heather Johnston Nicholson PhD

Donna Brace Ogilvie

Kalli O’Malley

Sally Gooch Paynter

Mary Miles Lewis Peck *

Edith Blakeslee Phelps Fellowship

Jane D. Prejean *

Priscilla A. Spear Trust

Linda T. Punch

Jane and Terry Quinn

Horace Raines

Janet Levy Rivkin

Albert J. and Jan P. Roberta Trust

William H. Robinson *

Joyce M. Roché

Lila K. Rosa

Janet L. Russell *

Jane Sherwin Schwartz *

Jean Ellen duPont Shehan

Ellen Krosney Shockro, PhD

Elizabeth K. Sleigh Trust *

Jid and John Sprague

Tara I. Stacom

Brenda K.Stegall

Isabel Carter Stewart

Kathleen Walek

Janice L. Warne

Sherry Burnett Watts

D. Susan Wisely

Nell Hodgson Woodruff

Development Fund

Lucile Miller Wright Trust *

Sharon Wyse

Estate of *

Membership through June 2008


Balance Sheet

Eighteen months ended March 31,

2008 (Reflects a shift from an

October–September fiscal year to

an April–March fiscal year.)


Cash and cash equivalents $ 406,139

Accrued investment income 182,670

Dues and other receivables 75,935

Prepaid expenses and other assets 233,530

Grants, contracts, and contributions receivable, net 1,586,324

Investments 3,272,929

Land, building, and equipment, net 2,222,409

Funds held by trustees 11,364,295

Total assets $ 19,344,231

Liabilities and Net Assets


Accounts payable, accrued expenses $ 1,117,360

Scholarships payable 590,093

Deferred revenue 98,509

Deferred rent obligation 233,620

Total liabilities 2,039,582


Net assets (deficit):

Unrestricted (1,580,533)

Temporarily restricted 6,150,107

Permanently restricted 12,735,075

Total net assets 17,304,649

Total liabilities and net assets $ 19,344,231


Statement of Activities

Eighteen months ended March 31,

2008 (Reflects a shift from an

October–September fiscal year to

an April–March fiscal year.)

Revenue, gains (losses), and other support:



Unrestricted restricted restricted Total

Contributions and private grants $ 5,278,880 6,218,803 — 11,497,683

In-kind contributions 871,945 — — 871,945

Government grants and contracts 317,239 250,000 — 567,239

Special events revenue 2,383,308 — — 2,383,308

Less cost of direct benefit to donors (1,159,338) — — (1,159,338)

Net revenues from special events 1,223,970 — — 1,223,970

Net appreciation on investments

and funds held by trustees 19,004 12,097 127,670 158,771

Investment income 258,519 743,293 — 1,001,812

Program-related revenue 988,361 1,643 — 990,004

Miscellaneous 45,210 — — 45,210

Net assets released from restrictions 5,765,548 (5,765,548) — —

Revenue, gains, and other support 14,768,676 1,460,288 127,670 16,356,634


Program services:

Affiliate services/growth 2,968,720 — — 2,968,720

Program, research, and training 6,967,383 — — 6,967,383

Public education and advocacy 2,426,336 — — 2,426,336

Total program services 12,362,439 — — 12,362,439

Supporting services:

Management and general 733,438 — — 733,438

Fund-raising 1,186,375 — — 1,186,375

Total supporting services 1,919,813 — — 1,919,813

Total expenses 14,282,252 — — 14,282,252

Increase in net assets before the effect

of adoption of SFAS No. 158 486,424 1,460,288 127,670 2,074,382

Effect of adoption of SFAS No. 158 81,262 — — 81,262

Increase in net assets 567,686 1,460,288 127,670 2,155,644

Net assets (deficit) at beginning of year (2,148,219) 4,689,819 12,607,405 15,149,005

Net assets (deficit) at end of the period $ (1,580,533) 6,150,107 12,735,075 17,304,649


Programs and Services Girls Inc. develops

research-based programs that encourage girls to take risks

and master physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges.

Programs are offered through a network of more than

1,600 program sites in over 300 cities in the United States

and Canada.


Girls learn to manage money, invest, and begin

to develop an appreciation for global economics.


Girls develop skills to resist pressure to use harmful

substances such as alcohol, tobacco, household

chemicals, and other drugs.



Girls build their leadership skills and create lasting

social change through community action projects.


Girls learn to analyze critically what they see and

hear in the media, advocate for change in entertainment,

news, and advertising media, and create

images that are more realistic and reflective of

their lives.


Girls develop enthusiasm for and skills in science,

technology, engineering, and mathematics and

consider careers in these fields by interacting with

women and men pursuing such careers.


Girls learn to appreciate an active lifestyle as they

develop movement and athletic skills, cooperative

and competitive spirit, health awareness, and interest

in sports and adventure.


Girls Inc. reaches over 900,000 girls through

direct service, the website, and Girls Inc. products

and publications.

Racial/Ethnic Groups of Girls Served

African American 44%

Caucasian 30%

Latina 18%

Multiracial 5%

Asian American/Pacific Islander 2%

Native American 1%

Family Income of Girls Served

Under $10,000 16%

$10,000–$14,999 15%

$15,000–$19,999 16%

$20,000–$25,000 18%

over $25,000 35%



Fold a third time

to meet first fold.



Girls acquire the knowledge and skills necessary

to take charge of and to make informed, thoughtful

decisions about their sexual health.

Family Configuration of Girls Served

One parent 48%

Two parents 39%

One parent at a time 6%

Neither parent 7%


Girls learn to lead safer lives by developing skills

and strategies for self-defense, including physical

techniques and the ability to seek out and talk to

caring adults about personal violence issues.


Board of

Directors and

Senior Staff



Open third fold,

hold center,

and fly.




USA Basketball

New York, NY


Independent Economist

Alameda, CA




Executive Director

Girls Incorporated of Southwestern Connecticut

Waterbury, CT




Chairman & CEO

Marc USA

Pittsburgh, PA


Chair of the Sherwood Foundation

Omaha, NE



Managing Director

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

New York, NY


Executive Director

Youth & Family Services

Rapid City, SD



Attorney at Law

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Houston, TX




Global President—Baby, Kids &

Wound Care Franchise

Johnson & Johnson Consumer

Products Company

Skillman, NJ




BeecherJackson Consulting

Coral Gables, FL


Senior Vice President, Corporate External


The Coca-Cola Company

Atlanta, GA


Senior Vice President

Business Strategy and Sustainability

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Sam’s Club USA

Bentonville, AR


Senior Vice President & Chief Financial


Public Broadcasting Service

Potomac, MD


Chairman & CEO

BET Holdings II, Inc.

Washington, DC



US Financial Services LLC

Fairfield, NJ


CEO/Executive Producer

Tom Lynch Company

Beverly Hills, CA


Executive Director

Girls Incorporated of Huntsville

Huntsville, AL




Photography Dealer & Consultant

Lee Marks Fine Art

Shelbyville, IN


Riverside, CT



Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, LLP

New York, NY


Co-Anchor and Correspondent

Access Hollywood

Beverly Hills, CA


President & CEO

Girls Inc.

New York, NY


Executive Director

Girls Inc. of Orange County

Costa Mesa, CA



President & CEO


Palo Alto, CA


Senior Director

Merger Integration, Applied Biosystems

Foster City, CA




Executive Vice President


Ameriprise Financial Inc.

Minneapolis, MN


Director of Communications

GE Infrastructure

Schenectady, NY



Deloitte Consulting LLP

New York, NY



Managing Director


New York, NY



President & CEO


Chief Operating Officer


Chief Financial Officer


Interim Chief Development Officer


Director of Human Resources and NY Operations


Director of National Services


Director of Research


Director of Marketing and Communications


Director of Public Policy


Director of Information Technology


Director of Program and Training Services


Executive Assistant


Claire Mysko, New York / Los Angeles

Major photography

Duffy-Marie Arnoult

Berliner Studio

donjé photography

LK Photos

Sarah Murdoch

Alan Perlman Photography


Russell Hassell, New York / Miami Beach


Capital Offset, New Hampshire






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